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2/22/2013 11:28:00 AM
World Almanac for Feb. 22, 2013

Today is the 53rd day of 2013 and the 64th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1819, Spain signed the Adams-Onis Treaty, ceding Florida to the United States and redefining the boundary between U.S. and Spanish territories from Louisiana to the Pacific Ocean.

In 1935, new regulations outlawed aircraft flying over the White House.

In 1993, the U.N. Security Council approved the creation of a war crimes tribunal to address atrocities committed during the former Yugoslavia's civil war.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: George Washington (1732-1799), soldier/first U.S. president; Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), philosopher; Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), poet; Edward "Ted" Kennedy (1932-2009), U.S. senator; Julius Erving (1950- ), basketball player; Steve Irwin (1962-2005), TV personality; James Blunt (1974- ), singer; Drew Barrymore (1975- ), actress; Rajon Rondo (1986- ), basketball player.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1980, the U.S. Olympic hockey team upset the Soviet Union 4-3 in Lake Placid, N.Y., a victory popularly known as the "Miracle on Ice."

TODAY'S FACT: Like Mozart, Chopin was considered a musical prodigy in childhood. By age 7 he had composed two simple marches.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see." -- Arthur Schopenhauer

TODAY'S NUMBER: 1,836,529 -- population of Kosovo as of mid-2012. The former Serbian republic unilaterally declared independence Feb. 17, 2008.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Feb. 17) and full moon (Feb. 25).


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